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Best Boats 2012 Nominee: Hanse 495

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Continuing the trend begun by last year’s Hanse 545, the Hanse 495 combines comfort below with performance underway, while a retractable bow-thruster—part of the boat’s SMS (Smart Mooring System)—makes tying up at the end of the day a snap. The boat’s twin helm stations and low cabin trunk create excellent sight lines, while the drop-down swim step provides a great platform for cooling off in an anchorage. hanseyachts.com

SPECS

LOA: 50ft, 6in
LWL: 44ft, 5in
Beam: 15ft, 7in
Draft: 6ft, 9in
Displacement: 30,900lbs.
Ballast: 8,830lbs.
Sail area: 1,390sq ft.

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